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Medical Marijuana – The Federal Response

Obviously, the medical marijuana laws exist in individual states only and there are no federal laws allowing the use and production of cannabis for medicinal purposes. In fact, federal laws prohibiting possession, sale and production of Cannabis are in direct conflict with many of the various state laws that allow the medicinal use of prescription pot.

Until recently, the actual federal response to state medical marijuana rules was an unknown, but after a memo came out of the U.S. Justice Department on October 9th, 2009 from Attorney General Eric Holder, the federal government's position has become a little less opaque.

The memo outlines how federal resources throughout the fifty states should continue to focus on fighting organized narcotics trafficking, however, it also states that resources shouldn't be wasted on individuals that are in clear compliance with local county and state rules regarding medical marijuana. This position received additional justification after massive budget shortfalls in law enforcement occurred across the nation.

The Justice Department memo also discusses how criminal organization may be masked as legal operations for the production of medicinal cannabis and these organizations should be sought out with a few guidelines in mind. If a potential suspect or group of suspects is in possession of illegal firearms or uses them illegally in combination with growing cannabis, the government may also initiate an investigation.

If a group of suspects is producing cannabis while perpetrating violence, selling to minors, producing or selling other illegal substances or working for organized crime they will be pursued, investigated and prosecuted by the government.

In addition, when production of cannabis by an individual or group of people exceeds state limits on weight harvested or mature plants present at a particular grow site, then they can expect government investigation and prosecution as well. Evidence of money laundering or possession of more cash flow than possible under proper compliance with state rules could be grounds for investigation too.

The memo from Attorney General Eric Holder clearly outlines the government's intentions. If you are a legitimate medical marijuana patient that complies with all state and county laws regarding the possession and production of cannabis you have nothing to fear from authorities.

If you try to hide behind them that were passed to help people with serious illnesses not have limits in their medication choices and perpetrate crimes while doing so, you will be investigated and prosecuted under statutes.



Source by Anna Woodward

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Effects of Medical Marijuana – Good or Bad

Marijuana, medically termed as cannabis is a drug preparation from the plant Cannabis. Cannabis is primarily used as a psychoactive drug with combining effects as stimulant, hallucinogenic, and depressant. Marijuana is classified as a Schedule I drug which means that possession and illegal dispensing is prohibited by the law. Countless arguments, clashing opinions, and debates aroused for the legalization of the use of marijuana even though for therapeutic purposes.

But, because of the beneficial effects of this medical cannabis, California has made it lawful. This is in accordance with the Compassionate Use Act (CUA) passed in 1996. California is one of the earliest states to pass this kind of law. Moreover, among the 14 states that legalized the medical use of the drug, California is the only one who grants eligible patients to acquire marijuana through growing and dispensing cooperatives.

With the use of medical cannabis, California gives hope to several medically ill patients. Some of its marvellous effects are centred in the treatment of illnesses such as:

• Alzheimer's Disease
• HIV/AIDS
• Glaucoma
• Cancer
• Muscle spasms in multiple sclerosis
• Analgesic effects in spastic and neurogenic pain
• Alleviation of nausea and vomiting
• Premenstrual syndrome

Synthetic preparations of the drug are available in the U.S. as well as in different countries. However, the all natural marijuana is more effective. The only problem with medical cannabis is the lack of research that will provide a solid evidence of its advantageous effects.

The administration of the drug by vaporization has shown decreased side effects than that of smoking and eating marijuana. Eating it increases the possibility of consuming large amounts. Among the adverse effects of medical cannabis are seen as psycho-physiologic manifestations:

• Distorted perception
• Impaired thinking and judgement
• Delusions
• Hallucinations
• Increases heart rate and is therefore contraindicated in people with heart attack.



Source by Jasmin Z

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25 Jun

Medical Marijuana – Popular Among Baby Boomers

People in their 60s are discovering the benefits of medical marijuana, also known as medical cannabis. The baby boomer generation is well known to have used it recreationally as young people during the 1960's and 70's. Now, though, this aging generation is familiarizing themselves with the plant as an addition to their daily health regimen.

Over the past few years, there has been a steady rise in the number of adults, ages 50-69, who believe the use of cannabis is fine with a doctor's permission. The number of users within the baby boomer age group has also steadily increased.

Baby boomers are reaching for marijuana to help with general aches and pains. Because they grew up in a time of high popularity of cannabis, the baby boomer generation is more comfortable with the idea that marijuana can be an everyday part of their lives. Choosing cannabis over pharmaceuticals just makes sense to this aging population. When old injuries start aching in the evenings or at bedtime, you can find baby boomers going to marijuana instead of taking another aspirin or ibuprofen.

Baby boomers are also choosing cannabis as a treatment for more serious aches - those connected to arthritis. Specifically, studies have shown cannabis to decrease pain and suffering caused by fibromyalgia symptoms. Fibromyalgia causes joint pain, muscle fatigue and skeletal discomfort. Patients suffering from associated symptoms find that medical cannabis provides the most relief with little to no side effects.

Their generation really appreciates the relaxing benefits of marijuana. Baby boomers have worked their entire lives, leading stressful daily schedules. Often relaxing is difficult even during retirement. Doctors might suggest massages, yoga or meditation to help their client relax. However, there is information suggesting that in states where medical cannabis is legal, doctors are prescribing to the aging population in the hopes of relaxing their clients. Relaxation has been shown to help patients in a variety of ways.

As a person ages, their appetite may wane. Cannabis can be used to help a person's appetite. In fact, it is frequently used to combat anorexia - a disorder associated with the loss of appetite. There have been multiple studies suggesting the benefits of THC - the appetite-increasing chemical found in marijuana - among Alzheimer's and AIDS patients, as well as those with classic anorexia nervosa. Just a little THC can help stimulate the appetite, which in turn may increase enjoyment of a meal.

There have also been studies suggesting that smoking pot can benefit the aging mind. Aspects of the cannabis plant can be used to reduce inflammation within the brain. Reducing inflammation may allow for the stimulated growth of new brain cells. These cells can replace aging brain cells and possibly go on to help with memory loss and general mental function.

As the Baby Boomer generation continues to age, it is expected that cannabis will continue to increase in acceptance. Because this generation is particularly comfortable exploring the benefits of the drug's medicinal uses, more and more state and local governments will consider legalizing cannabis.



Source by Andrew Stratton

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Medical Marijuana Treats Insomnia

Medical marijuana provides even better sleep than other prescription sleep medicines. It provides good, restful sleep without any of the negative side effects. Insomnia is more than an unpleasant disruption of sleep. It can adversely affect life in a variety of ways. It damages health, strains relationships and generally decreases quality of life at both home and work. Unfortunately, over the counter and other prescription aids often cause drowsiness the next day and it leaves the patient feeling just as sluggish as they do when they cannot sleep. But there is no need to continue to suffer the discomfort and displeasure of sleepless nights and drowsy days. Medical marijuana is a safe and natural alternative to often dangerous and disorienting medication.

Many of the drugs currently used as sleep aids are dangerous and habit forming. On the other hand a lot of research has shown that none of these negative side effects have been experienced with cannabis. It is non-habit forming and as compared with other prescription medications it does not put you under so deep that you do not experience dreams. Instead with medical marijuana you will drift off to a pleasant sleep and awake the next day feeling rested and refreshed.

With medical marijuana many patients who suffer from sleeplessness and insomnia are experiencing rest like they have not had in years. They report improved ability to fall asleep and also stay asleep. They also say that they do not have any of the residual drowsiness the next day that they had experienced during their time on prescription medications. Also, many patients prefer that they do not have to undergo the unpleasant problem of becoming increasingly addicted to their other medication. Additionally, several patients have the added trouble of increasing resiliency to their other medications that results in constantly needing a higher dosage to get the same benefits and it also increases the unpleasant side effects. But none of these problems happen with medical marijuana. Because it is non habit forming, if it is necessary to take a little more one night when it is particularly hard to get to bed it will not have any residual effects the next day.

It is amazing what a good night's rest can do to increase the enjoyment of life. Feeling more alert and rested makes it easier to work, easier to function with your family and also leads to a happier, more active lifestyle. People who get the sleep they need at night are more prone to exercise and do other activities that increase their quality of life.



Source by Abigail Aaronson

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